The Minnesota Vikings have updated their roster after losing Audie Cole for the season to a fractured ankle in the game against the St. Louis Rams. As expected, the team has moved Cole to Injured Reserve, opening up a roster spot.
They have filled that position by signing free agent linebacker Jason Trusnik. The 9-year veteran was signed as an undrafted free agent out of Division III school Ohio Northern in 2007 by the New York Jets before being traded to the Cleveland Browns in 2009. Trusnik was most recently in the Carolina Panthers camp leading up to the 2015 season but was released during the final round of roster cuts.
Trusnik may have his new opportunity because he is very familiar with Vikings Defensive Coordinator George Edwards. Trusnik spent the 2011-2014 seasons with the Miami Dolphins. Edwards was his position coach in 2012 and 2013 before taking the Defensive Coordinator job in Minnesota in 2014. Trusnik has appeared in 109 games in his NFL career, starting 25.
It remains to be seen whether Trusnik will be activated against the Oakland Raiders on Sunday or if someone like 7th round pick Edmond Robinson will get his first opportunity in the NFL.